Yves Saint Laurent Reviews

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January 2, 2018
Directed by Jalil Lespert, the film has a peculiar voiceover from Berg, and eventually peters out in a mess of petty jealousies, drugs and illness.
December 3, 2014
Scenes between YSL and rock-steady lover Pierre Berg (Guillaume Gallienne) spark, but the film stays too reverent to truly turn heads.
August 29, 2014
This glitzy biopic of the renowned French fashion designer doesn't offer much insight into its subject or milieu.
August 28, 2014
The film takes on a dour note as way too much time is spent on Saint Laurent's drunken antics. He comes across as sullen and not very likable. This may be true to the man, but what of his other side?
August 15, 2014
Does a film with haute couture as its heart guarantee an elegant cinematic experience? In the case of Yves Saint Laurent, a biopic about the legendary French couturier, the answer is a tired non.
August 15, 2014
Despite being sumptuously shot and competently assembled, it provides no real insight into the tortured mind of its subject or the creative process in general.
July 31, 2014
A visually sumptuous - and perhaps languidly paced - tale that immerses the viewer in a deeply atmospheric world.
July 24, 2014
Alternately meek and tyrannical, repressed and Dionysian, Niney's Saint Laurent remains both empathetic and obscure.
July 17, 2014
When he wasn't silent, Yves Saint Laurent could be cruel and selfish. He may have been a genius, but if he was at all likable, this movie doesn't show it.
July 11, 2014
Much has been documented about Saint Laurent and Berg in films, books and exhibitions, but Yves Saint Laurent... attempts to show the personal side of the designer and his consort.
July 10, 2014
Its tendency to tell rather than show seems ill-suited to a portrait of the man who brought haute couture to the masses.
July 9, 2014
Ultimately, the story of Yves Saint Laurent makes a compelling argument for fashion as art, and begs to answer the question if there is such a thing as innate taste.
July 3, 2014
Skillfully made ...
June 27, 2014
We have a film that gives us a hint of what made him a genius, and too much about what brought him low. The other way round, it might have been great.
June 26, 2014
Saint Laurent (played with uncanny accuracy by Pierre Niney) goes through nervous breakdowns, addictions and affairs with gold diggers, but remains a comparatively opaque personality.
June 26, 2014
Yves Saint Laurent epitomizes the mediocrity of a genre that often aspires to secondhand storytelling instead of first-rate art.
June 26, 2014
Had he seen his own bio backstage, you can't help but feel he would have fussed with it a bit more before sending it out so unadorned.
June 25, 2014
A tasteful and formulaic biopic, visually lush but emotionally shallow.
June 25, 2014
Ultimately, this biopic seems far more interested in Saint Laurent's emotional passions, and the love story between him and Berg serves as the movie's core.
June 24, 2014
Mr. Lespert and his screenwriters tend to telegraph what's happening next with on-the-nose dialogue, leaving behind an orderly but not vividly realized biography (or necessarily a complete one).
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